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March 8, 2013

World Book Day aims to be ‘biggest book show on earth’

High browsers ... World Book Day

High browsers … World Book Day

Thursday’s event expects to reach more than half a million with star-studded event beamed to children around the globe.

By Alison Flood

Over half a million children from all over the world will gather to watch authors including Francesca Simon, Anthony Horowitz, Lauren Child and Tony Robinson celebrate the joy of reading on Thursday’s World Book Day.

Dubbed the “Biggest Book Show on Earth”, the hour-long event will take place in Queen Elizabeth Hall in London at 11am on 7 March, and will be broadcast live to cinemas around the UK, as well as shown live online. Children’s author and television presenter Robinson will host the event, Horrid Henry creator Simon will show how to bring characters to life, and Alfie author Shirley Hughes will explain the secrets of illustration.

“The target this year is for three quarters of a million children,” said Robinson. “I’m just about to go and sit in a quiet place and start to think about what I’m going to say. It’s the largest audience I’ve ever played to.”

“I’ll be talking about how to capture your ideas and plan your writing,” added Tom Gates author Liz Pichon, who will also be appearing on stage, along with Charlie & Lola creator Child and Cathy Cassidy. Last year half a million children from more than 75 countries watched the show, and organisers said that over 550,000 have already registered this year, with many thousands more expected to sign up by Thursday.

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